Rated 5 out of 5 by triciaok High quality canned food
My cats really enjoy the venison flavor Nature's variety canned cat food. It is pretty smelly but I think that is one of the reasons why they like it! I usually give them canned food once a day in order to mix medicines into and this one works really well for that
January 17, 2017
Rated 3 out of 5 by AnnieM The canned venison flavor is too firm.
My senior cat needs a limited ingredient diet due to a health condition. I tried giving her the canned venison formula of Nature's Variety Instinct but it is not a true pate...too hard/firm. Then I ordered the duck formula (small cans are in smooth pate form) and she loves it. She really looks forward to Nature's Variety Instinct Grain free Duck formula canned cat food. I like that it does not contain carrageenan either...good product.
January 11, 2017
Rated 3 out of 5 by Writer Not Well-Liked by cats
Out of 3 cats, only 1 readily eats this food. I will continue buying it for him, since he has IBS and this is one of the rare canned meats that causes no diarrhea. One of the other cats will eat it only if really hungry and the 3rd won't touch it. It's very solid and dry so I add warm water to it. It seems very fatty. I also think Nature's Variety charges too much for this venison.
January 10, 2017
Rated 3 out of 5 by Carmel88 Typically like Instinct but...
My cats and I both typically like Instinct but I'm just not sure about this one - and I don't know if it's this particular formula or if NV is making changes, anyway - I have only used 2 cans so far - but I immediately notice a big lack of consistency. The first can I opened was definitely pate (but had this weird white stuff congealed at the top - I'm assuming fat, but was under impression venison is a lean meat?) and when spooning out the texture was VERY grainy - it literally felt like there was sand mixed in the with food. Can #2 was REALLY soupy/saucy more like a "stew" cat food and had TONS of peas and HUGE pieces of carrot. I will be very disappointed if NV is making big changes to their foods ....
September 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by SarahWI6884 Quality product
I have tried the rabbit, beef, venison, chicken, salmon, and duck. I recommend the smellier of the wet food: the salmon, chicken, and duck. Although all of the products are excellent, my cat seems to prefer the ones that have a stronger smell. The beef, rabbit, and venison have very little smell at all—something I think attests to the cleanness and quality of the meat—but my cat does not seem to enjoy it as much. As far as the beef, rabbit, and venison are concerned, the vet recommended warming the food in the microwave for 30 seconds to give the food a stronger smell. I do not like microwaves, so leaving the food out at room temperature seems to work for the beef, rabbit, and venison, although, once again, it is not a favorite. It is, however, worth a try like all Nature's Variety wet food products. It is the very best wet food I have encountered in my years as a pet owner, i.e. 10+ years. It is worth every penny.
February 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by cheri75 Great product but...
Great product but cats didn't gobble it down.
Old kitties and picky these days. They ate it but not real excited like fish (which isn't always the best for them)
October 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Leslee Quality food
Both my cats like this flavor. Some of the cans seem to be less moist than others, but I add a tablespoon of water to the can and let it sit, then stir the food before dishing it out.
October 6, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by ceezee Venison is great food for kitty with IBS and chicken allergy!
Having a hard time finding food for my Persian who has IBS and seems to be allergic to anything chicken. Nature's Variety Instinct Venison, Lamb and Rabbit were recommended to me. I ordered the venison and lamb from Chewy as I was having a hard time finding them at our local pet stores, The venison was fine but the lamb was more liquid than meat and must have been full of fat because it gave my kitty the runs big time. I had purchased it before and it was not like that, was more solid like the venison. I was disappointed because ordering it to my door was way easier than running all over town looking for it. For the price per can I expect better! Every can should be uniform in content and quality!
June 27, 2016